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Bill and Lou part of GMC’s sustainable practices

POULTNEY-Controversy struck two weeks ago when Green Mountain College in Poultney decided to slaughter its two long-time working oxen.
The governor, on Monday Oct. 22 agreed with the college's choice. He too owns an operating dairy farm in Putney and understands that this is a decision many farmers make.
Bill and Lou are 11-year-old oxen who have worked at the college for over a decade.

When GMC's decision to slaughter them was made public, tens of thousands objected with letters, calls and pleas to the college to save them.
Thus far, college officials have stood firm on their decision regardless of the increasing publicity, saying this choice keeps with the college's commitment to sustainable agricultural practices.


Photo by Nina Keck/VPR

Tagged: Green Mountain College, sustainability, Bill and Lou, Oxen